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Four gbi School Projects Win Grands Prix du Design Awards

Four school projects with which gbi participated in the design and execution phases were awarded at the 15th Grands Prix du Design awards ceremony, which took place in Montreal on October 12, 2022. We would like to congratulate our partners and teams for these wonderful recognitions. Good work!

New Domaine-Vert-Nord Elementary School

By: Yves Woodrough Architectes, DKA Architectes, Yelle Maillé et Associés Architectes

Built in the heart of the new residential neighbourhood in Mirabel, the Domaine Vert-Nord Elementary School is an example of the learning environments of tomorrow. This environmentally responsible building, a candidate for LEED® Gold V4 certification, incorporates the best electrical/mechanical systems to ensure occupant comfort, in addition to offering a style of architecture that accommodates teaching areas adapted to new educational and learning methods. Our teams were responsible for the mechanical/electrical design for this project, following environmentally responsible principles: natural ventilation, air quality exceeding standards, and an efficient thermal envelope, thereby aiming for LEED® certification.

Expansion of the Montmartre Elementary School

By: TLA Architectes

To meet the new needs of the Montmartre Elementary School in Pointe-aux-Trembles, our structural and civil engineering teams participated in the existing building expansion project. Work consisted of adding 1204 m² of surface area over two floors, including a library, two childcare rooms, a double gymnasium, a community kitchen, and areas for socializing and relaxing, in addition to developing the schoolyard and parking lot. In the existing building, the former gym was turned into preschool classrooms with mezzanines. The library was renovated to become a staff room. The school now has a green roof with a terrace, accessible from the library, enabling the practice of urban agriculture.

Saint-Bernardin School (Jarry)

By: Provencher-Roy

Built in the Saint-Michel district on Jarry Street East, the new Saint-Bernardin Elementary School is a superb example of a modern school with a three-pronged mission: academic success, sustainable development and the arts. gbi’s active role in this project involved being responsible for the design of the mechanical-electrical, telecommunications, structural and infrastructural elements. This new building, with its contemporary, playful and light-hearted design, revitalized a lot that had been vacant for a long time, thereby improving quality of life in the community.

Rimouski Lab-École

By: Lapointe Magne et Associés/L'ŒUF

Designed as part of an architectural competition “Imagining the school of the future together: the Lab School,” Rimouski’s future Lab-École elementary school is a unique project. Inserted in a natural setting, these new spaces are intended to be an innovative place of learning for children. gbi’s building mechanical/electrical team stood out for proposing the following concepts: natural ventilation, displacement ventilation in the gym, radiant floor heating and cooling connected to a geothermal system and allowing for energy recovery, LED lighting that conforms to circadian rhythms and mechanical systems allowing for a 41% reduction in energy compared to the national energy code for buildings.